a guest post by Jessica Brody
Dogs and Travel: Keeping Your Pet Safe in the Skies and on the Roads
When your dog is your best friend, a vacation isn’t a vacation unless your dog comes along. Of course, traveling with pets can be tricky on a number of levels from flying to lodging. Fortunately, there are also many ways to craft a pet-friendly vacation so that you and your pet can enjoy a getaway together. If you’re looking to travel with your pet, here are a few things you should know.
Cargo Travel is Not Safe
Though some airlines offer “pet-friendly” cargo holds, traveling with your pet as checked baggage is a gamble. There are many horror stories of pets that have died while traveling cargo. This is largely because the animals spend time sitting outside on the tarmac in the heat, cold, rain, snow, and whatever else nature can throw at them. When they are loaded onto the plane, the cargo hold’s climate control will not take effect until the plane has started up. This leaves your pet at risk for hours spent in potentially harsh conditions.
If you have a large pet, some airlines will allow you to purchase an additional seat for them. However, you and your bigger dog may be stuck driving to your destination. Smaller dogs under a certain weight are typically permitted in the cabin in an airline-approved carrier. It is always a good idea to call ahead and ensure that your pet will be allowed in the cabin on your flight.